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How can a chronic illness affect a person's sex life?

Jan L. Shifren, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology
When you're first confronted with an illness, things may look bleak. But many people are able to resume a satisfying sex life after an initial adjustment phase. The first step to overcoming these challenges is to investigate the potential effects of the disease and its treatment on your sex life. But it is also important to discuss these issues with a healthcare provider.

Keep in mind, too, that there are many ways to maintain physical intimacy. Some couples find that they can have a satisfying relationship without intercourse. However, even in the absence of sexual contact, preserving other forms of affection -- such as hand-holding and cuddling -- is crucial for maintaining a healthy, positive relationship.

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